Can Transparency Be Legislated?

In May 2014, President Obama signed the DATA Act into law. The crux of the law is simple: Make financial data across government available in a standardized format. As a result, stakeholders will speak a common financial data language. This is an important step toward government consistency, but not ... Read & React

The Genius Way Coca-Cola Employees Manage Their Email

by Jackie Carter

Forget work/life balance. You can sleep when you die. At least that’s how Snapchat’s Emily White and Coca Cola’s Wendy Clark said they approach time management in a hyper-connected world. And the idea of unplugging? Ha. “Rather than the choice to consciously disconnect, there’s much more of a trend ... Read & React

Focus on Disabilities: Making the President's Vision Come to Life

by Katherine Archuleta Director of the Office of Personnel Management

Four years ago, President Obama signed an executive order stressing the importance of hiring people with disabilities into the federal government. He set a goal of hiring 100,000 people with disabilities. I am proud to say that we are more than halfway toward reaching that milestone. The Office of ... Read & React

Practice Staying in the Moment

“To be present is to listen without memory or desire.” —Wilfred Bion cited in John Baldoni’s new book Moxie—The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership. Our world of work is filled with quick sound-bite exchanges and constant interruptions. Many of us have learned to cope with competing stimuli and the ... Read & React

Why You Should Make a Resolution Each Month Instead of Each New Year

by Sofia Faruqi

This time last year, my actions were slowly slipping out of control. I ate too much junk food, watched Downton Abbey instead of hitting the gym, and slept past my alarm for hours every day. Temptations were ubiquitous, and my self-control was fading one cupcake at a time. Self-control is more ... Read & React

A Roadmap of Business Manners Coast to Coast

by Margaret Page

If you have done any kind of travel, especially for business, you will have noticed there can be huge differences in the way we communicate, ways of dress, leisure activities and business practices from coast to coast. Our cultural norms—how we behave socially or in business from region to region, ... Read & React

Set Your 2015 Direction with a Life GPS

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

If you’re like most people reading this, you regularly use a GPS app on your smartphone to help you get where you want to go. What difference would it make if you had a GPS for your life? As you think through and plan for what you want from 2015, you can use these three simple questions in this ... Read & React

Better Data Doesn’t Always Mean Better Decisions, Decision Analysis Does

From the archives of Government Executive... November/December 1984—There are many types of decision support systems available today with new ones being developed at an astounding rate as executive and managerial decision-making assumes more and more importance. While the advent of the personal ... Read & React

How I Lead: Valuing Each Person’s Input

by Lynnie Martin Public Relations Director, Young Government Leaders

Tim Cannon is a senior financial adviser at the Office of Personnel Management, where he works in the chief information officer’s Financial and Program Management Office. Reporting to the director of Enterprise Human Resource Integration, Cannon focuses on leading change, building partnerships and ... Read & React

More Proof That No One Wants or Listens to Your Voicemails

Many young people will agree that voicemail—once essential in business and personal communications—has in just a few years become basically irrelevant and actually quite annoying. So Coca-Cola’s November memo announcing that it would disconnect landline voicemails at its headquarters comes as ... Read & React